Monday, 30 January 2012

Minute Make - Valentine Lego necklace

Any any given moment there are usually at least 100 lego pieces scattered somewhere on my floor, so I'm amazed, given my propensity for 'gluing household crap to make jewellery', that it took Desiree's picture of her new lego ring to open my eyes to its possibilities for personal adornment. I had a quick look on Pinterest, a speedy rummage through the ginormous box of bricks, and was able to make this cute heart necklace in a matter of seconds. [And with no glue for once!]

Never lego of your love


It looks like this idea has been around for a while, the image below was originally pinned from Etsy, but the page no longer exists. Hopefully it's ok for me to use the photograph to illustrate the difference between mine and those I've seen for sale. 

So funky. No need for jump rings and pliers though


As a lazy type, it won't come as any surprise to you that I couldn't be bothered to attach jump rings and separate pieces of chain to make my version. Just thread the chain through from the front, pull across the back and out of the front of the other hole again. It hangs perfectly well like this and is a lot quicker. Also you can change the colour any time you want, like those 80s plastic watches which clipped together so you could match the dial to your outfit. Did anyone have one of those?

Anyway, speaking of tacky 80s accessories, who could forget those hideous 'split heart' necklaces that always took up a full page of the Argos catalogue? One half for you, one for your boo. They were next to the page selling the terrifying articulated clown pendants and looked something like this:

Note the heavier, more MANLY chain for Jesus

Who doesn't want the geek-chic crafty version, huh? Huh? Ok, so it's probably only going to work as a Valentine's gift if you met at a legoland or something, but it's good to know the option's there.

If you can get your significant hipster other to wear one of these, I'll be impressed.


Who needs Tiffany's?

They'd make great party favours for little girls at a lego themed party too. 

I spoil you with this stuff, don't I?

Lakota x

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76 comments:

  1. It's very cute! You're like my own personal guide to pinterest. I refuse to look at it too many addictions for me! Who needs Tiffanys indeed. x

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  2. I used to have some Lego earrings. my ex boyfriend hated them though & suspiciously I haven't seen them since we split... perhaps they are in Lego Heaven? I did love 'em!

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  3. Oooh - I love this, however we are still on duplo at Tea Towers so not likely to happen unless I give making a much chunkier version a try...

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  4. I really love this - if only I had some lego lying about.

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  5. You certainly do! I am getting my jewellery making mojo back, and this is a perfect project for children to do
    Ta!xxx

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  6. My sons have got loads of Lego - don't remember seeing any with holes in them though - will have to have a good rummage! I'm with you, the simpler the better, if they work without jump rings go for it! ☺x

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  7. Spoilt to death we are! My Valentine won’t wear any adornment of any kind, not even a wedding ring (though not from fear of commitment as we’ve been married 37 years). In the seventies he went to THE Legoland, as he was over in Denmark with the RAF, and came back with lego jewellery, rings etc. I wonder where that went; probably fetch a fortune on ebay now.

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  8. Ooooh I feel very spoilt indeedy! Lego always rock and rolls as far as i am concerned. One can never have enough of it and now I am planning to scrounge around to make me a groovy heart like yours. As for my other half wearing half the lego heart...ummm I can't see him indulging me in this smooching task ! :0)

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  9. Fab creation Lakota, who knew Lego, could be deemed romantic!
    It’s a fab alternative to those cringe worthy pendants and as for those clown pendants…what was all that about, seriously who would want to hang a clown around their neck?
    xxx

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  10. Love love love them! Just pinned it xx

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  11. It actually looks quite lovely around your neck Lakota, much nicer than I thought it would. I've never been a big jewellery girl (lucky husband) and can't stand things around my neck (although I do trot out my 21st pearls from time to time. I know = boring!)
    Great tip for diy Valentines x

    p.s. where are those fairies?

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  12. Right, it's time to get the Lego out - My children are both adult but I couldn't get rid of any of it. It's just been waiting for me to have a go at Lego hearts!
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  13. What a fun idea! So simple but oh so cute.

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  14. Super cute! *runs off to rummage through son's Lego before he comes home from school*

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  15. It looks brill and appeals greatly to my min effort, max result side. My boy still has chunky lego though and nothing to resemble this. *Rushes out to buy present for son*

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  16. By the way, I keep trying to comment on your blogiversary post but can't. So anyway, congratulations and keep on trucking love!! x

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  17. Who needs Tiffany's indeed! I would much rather have a funky lego heart ;)

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  18. love it - I haven't seen those Lego shapes before (and we have A LOT of Lego!) x

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  19. So clever... I've still not forgiven my Mum for giving away my lego stash. And yes I remember the terrible Mitzpah pendants from Lizzie Dukes haha

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  20. Your heart is so sweet! You just gave me an idea to turn some of my miniature toys into necklaces! Move over Tiffany's your jewelry ain't what it used to be :)

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  21. Brilliant! I already have a variety of lego earrings but I'd love a necklace. Er- but I've never seen any Lego that shape before! What type of set does it come from? All mine is rectangular!

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    1. It's probably from one of the MANY many sets of vehicles we have...possibly a bit of race car...who knows?

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  22. Those are fab what a great fun idea ;-) dee x

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  23. Very cute necklace!
    I must be behind the times... in the Lego department. I only know the old school kind.
    *hehehe*
    No worries I suppose... when I have munchkins I WILL be right back up to date when it comes to Lego.
    =D

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  24. Genius, I love this. My son is also just at the Duplo stage but I might hurry him on to the next stage...!

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  25. Very cute. You're so clever!
    So Krista says toys-as-jewellery - I think that's the challenge right there! xxxxx

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  26. I'd never have spotted that!
    Baby Bird isn't quite ready for Lego just yet, but maybe Mega blocks have potential?!

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  27. Hmmm so these legos already have holes? Im shocked. My mummy never bought me legos, I asked and I asked and I asked. Just blocks for baby Sophia. Now Im a mess.

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  28. Lego and I have a love/hate relationship (without the love). I DO like this though, and it's not going to end up in the vacuum cleaner if it's around your neck, is it?

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  29. BAHAHAAAAAAAAA,NEVER "LEGO" OF YOUR LOVE.....classic.
    This is a rather cute pendant,however! I frigging hate those split heart things,bleurgh!
    Ha,you're a bit of a metal chickie,huh?! Do you like to do the ooowah ooowah oo oo bits to Bon Jovi?! I know I do!
    XXX

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    1. I'm a rocker AND a raver. And doesn't everyone do the ooowah oowah bit in Living on a Prayer??

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  30. I love this necklace so much - clever you! - and I love lego (PROPER Lego, my husband says, i.e., bricks, not Star Wars figures). The only think I hate is to stand on a small piece in bare feet - rediculously paintful! xxx

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  31. Super cute! What a great idea and it looks really simple to make (perfect for someone like me who is a bit lazy when it comes to making things :P). Good old lego! :)

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  32. Oh my gosh! that is such a brilliant idea, lakota! thank you for sharing this! one more thing to find in charity shop in kids' section hehehe..i love it! it looks so cutee!

    x susan

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  33. Oh you know I am going on a lego hunt tomorrow...

    lego + hot glue + flowers + headband = AWESOMENESS!

    I love that super cute pendant. (Note to self: must get bf)

    Sarah xxx

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  34. SO cute! And such a good idea! I'm always a fan of quick projects!

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  35. Argos catalogues are evil and sould be kept away from men at all costs ...for some reason they think its a quick fix for presents...my other half once queued for 3 hours at xmas to get me an Elvis picture..WHY????..i did manage to lose it in our house move !!

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  36. Hi my dear!! wow, these are really cute, what a creative and fun idea!! Regarding the denim shirt, as well as my red skinny jeans I have cobalt blue and heritage green and I'll definitely wear my shirt with them, as well as my leather pencil skirt!! Denim/chambray shirts can and will go with anything, give it a go with your coloured jeans! xx

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  37. Ive just had a rummage through my daughter's extensive collection of Lego and godammit not one with a hole in it. Boo hoo! Never mind, I've picked out some rectangles and squares to make some rings a la Desiree. A quick question, when you've got a moment, what sort of glue did you use for the scrabble ring and where did you get your ring bit from? xx

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    1. Oh yes, I've done rings too - I have a yellow square and a particularly ridiculous one with a Harry Potter minifigure on it! I just use hot glue from the glue gun for the rings, and you can buy the bases on eBay.

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  38. aww cute! I want to make one for Claud, must keep my eyes peeled down the oppy for those specific little bits x

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  39. This is amazing and so easy. I am off to rummage through the lego box now!

    You should join in our DIY round up at Ethicalfashionbloggers.com. This months theme is love and valentines day.

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  40. Brilliant! Very retro looking. I've only got Duplo plastic crud so I'd to make me some seriously chunky bling!!

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  41. cute and very stylish, love it!!! very creative and brilliant idea of making such necklaces... love the idea of doing such style just like in the heart necklace... love your blog!!! following you now.. hope you could visit my blog too... kissess!!!

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  42. cute! I dont remember the bf/gf heart necklaces but I all too well remember the 'friends forever' ones. ugh.

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  43. Beautiful! :)

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  44. This is totally cute. I remember my friend at school trying to saw a coin in half to make one of these...yes there was blood, tears and a failed attempt at pendant making (not to mention the bollocking she got from her parents!) Scarlett x

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  45. If I had any lego then I would so make one of these! It looks so pretty :)

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  46. I used to love sniggering at the jewellery in the Argos catalogue, those broken heart pendants were particularly nasty.
    That Lego pendant is so cute, I'd be tempted to try using that Duplo stuff as you know I like my jewellery stupidly big. x

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  47. Ohhh, they're so cute! Love the name of your blog - charity shopping is the best! x

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  48. i love the lego heart. i found myself telling friends about it over dinner... i think they were impressed too.x

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  49. Lego heart necklaces are totally adorable.
    my niece has loads scatter all over the living room. cute accessories for little girls.
    besos

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  50. i just read your FB page about the haunted bed. And hurt by all the paint slapped onto antique furniture, I needed to see this bit of love wrapped around your neck. Suuuper cute. Wishing you a yurt and a lovely week. xo.

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  51. Finally ... I get around to having a peek at your speedy invention ... ooh I do love this one and I may just have to get down on my knees and have a rummage ... hmmmmm ... ideas are flowing ... I'm thinking of making the whole $50 Aquanauts set and hanging it around my neck ... waddaya reckon? I think you'll love it!!!!!! Oooh I just want to squeeeeeeeeeeze you ... that just came out. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoox

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